One of the most difficult challenges as a game critic is finding the right set of words when something finds its voice through a collection of tiny revisions to existing genre conventions. Steady and competent genre work doesn’t leap off the page and excite a writer’s fingertips with the same intensity as Something New.
There Is Magic To Be Found
HIGH The years of polish put towards the content show.
LOW The menus and system feel… familiar.
WTF I’ve never heard of a F2P do this before.
HIGH Intricate, polished systems. Excellent style and worldbuilding.
LOW Enemies whose troops abuse the “Taunt” ability.
WTF Why are Slay the Spire and Monster Train fans not talking about this?
The Best Kind Of Crazy Train
HIGH Easy to learn, lots of replayability.
LOW I can’t stop playing.
WTF Candles and plants seems like a bad team-up.
HIGH Easy to play, wide variety.
LOW Forced choices that hinder progress.
WTF The curse of “Wetness”